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Fishing at Lake of the Woods Lodge

Sabaskong Bay is a vast body of water. There are hundreds of islands & bays with incredible structure throughout.

We are in the heart of an excellent area for Walleye, Sauger, Northern Pike, Bass, Musky, Crappie & Perch. There is no need to go on long boat rides to find some great spots to fish, but if a scenic trip is part of your plans, traveling around is a fantastic way to see some gorgeous scenery and experience wildlife in their natural habitat and also find some new spots to cast your line.

We have exclusive access to a fantastic catch & release boat cache lake that is home to Large & Small Mouth Bass and Northern Pike. You can choose to either fly in or hike in to this really fun lake.

Sabaskong Bay Map Showing Lake of the Woods Lodge & Nestor Falls Location & the area we fish. 2007
Fishing Lake of the Woods Lodge Guests Photos

The Boats:
All are 16 & 18 Lunds, complete with flat floors, padded pedestal seats. live wells, storage, locators, landing nets, minnow buckets, life jackets & powered by current Honda 40 4 strokes with electric start. Trolling motors are available. Please bring life jackets for your children as we only supply adult sized PDFs.

 

Guides:
We hire the best local guides we know, they have been raised in the area and know the lake well. Your guide will take you to some great spots to find the species you are interested in, they also do up a really nice shore lunch and will clean & fillet your fish for you to take home. Please book your guide early.

Boats at Lake of the Woods Lodge
Kenny-cookin-shore-lunch!

WALLEYE

Walleye Fishing at Lake of the Woods Lodge

Key identifying characteristics: white tip on lower tail fin; no distinct blotches or bands on adults
Average Length: 25 - 85 cm. (10-33 in.)

2007 Walleye, Sauger, Saugeye Limits & Dates
Opener: May 19, 2007
Size: 1 only over 18”s
Sportfishing License Limit: 2 in 1 day. 4 in total possession/any combination
Conservation License Limit: 2 in 1 day, 2 in total possession/any combination

Walleye thrive in a range of river and lake conditions from cold, clear water to warm, weedy and stained water. Preferred cover includes weed, wood and rock. Bottom types can be anything from soft mud to flooded timber, rubble or bedrock.
The walleye is a light-avoiding fish, caught most often under low light conditions. Fishing is generally best on cloudy or overcast days, or on days when waves keep light from penetrating too deeply into the water.
In springtime walleye will take almost any bait or lure, but may be more challenging to catch through the summer months. Fall often brings another peak of walleye feeding activity.

Casting or trolling with spinners or minnow-imitating plugs is a good bet. Special worm harness rigs of spinners and beads are often trolled. Jigs, either traditional bucktails, or tipped with any of the modern plastics, a piece of worm or minnow are walleye angling favorites.

 

Live baits are often still-fished, drifted or trolled on slip-sinker or "bottom-bouncing" rigs. Walleye are readily caught through the ice, usually on jigs, jigging spoons or minnows.  

MUSKY

Musky Fishing at Lake of the Woods Lodge

Key identifying characteristics: dark vertical bands on light background, at times spotted or clear; tips of tail fin more pointed than northern pike
Average Length: 71-137 cm. (28-54 in.)

2007 Musky Limits & Dates
Opener: June 16, 2007
Size: Zero under 54”
Sportfishing License Limit: Zero under 54”
Conservation License Limit: Zero

Less than one per cent of the world's fresh water holds the mighty muskellunge and much of that water is in Ontario. This highly prized trophy fish ranges from the St. Lawrence River and the Great Lakes basin, north to Lake Nipissing, and west to Lake of the Woods.

The muskellunge is usually found concealed among aquatic plants at the sides of channels, or off shelving rocks and offshore shoals in lakes and rivers in summer. It moves into the shallow waters in the fall.

Because of its large size and fighting qualities, the muskellunge is one of Ontario's most renowned game fish. Heavy casting tackle is used because of the great strength of this fish, which can reach weights of over 22 kg. (50 pounds). All of the following have been used with considerable success:

    * large wooden plugs;
    * spoons;
    * combination spoon and feather;
    * bucktail baits;
    * surface lures; and,
    * large bass plugs.

Distribution/Habitat: discontinuous in southern and near northeastern Ontario, and the Lake of the Woods/Rainy River area.

NORTHERN PIKE

Northern Pike Fishing at Lake of the Woods Lodge 2007

Key identifying characteristics: light, yellowish horizontal spots on dark green background; tips of tail fin more rounded than muskellunge
Average Length: 45 - 100 cm. (18-39 in.)

2007 Northern Pike Limits & Dates
Opener: Year round
Size: Zero between 27” - 35”
Sportfishing License Limit: 4 in 1 day. 4 in total possession
Conservation License Limit: 2 in 1 day, 2 in total possession

In a lake environment pike prefer weedy bays, estuaries and shoals as spring and summer habitat. During cool autumn days pike are most likely to seek deeper water.
Pike are aggressive feeders through spring, summer and fall and continue to be caught through the ice during the winter months. Pike will take just about every kind of live and artificial bait, including very large streamer flies. For trolling or casting try:
    * spoons;
    * bucktail spinners;
    * crankbaits;
    * topwater lures;
    * spinnerbaits;
    * buzzbaits.

 Distribution/Habitat: quiet, vegetated waters throughout Ontario

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Largemouth Fishing at Lake of the Woods Lodge

Key identifying characteristics: upper jaw extends beyond eye; deep notch between dorsal fins; body often with a broken horizontal stripe
Average Length: 25 - 55 cm. (10-22 in.)

2007 Largemouth Bass Limits & Dates
Open: June 23, - Nov. 30, 2007
Size: No size limit
Sportfishing License Limit: 4 in 1 day. 4 in total possession
Conservation License Limit: 2 in 1 day, 2 in total possession

Largemouth are brawling fish, often eager to strike most, if not all, artificial lures, including bass bugs and flies, with enthusiasm.
Favorite bass baits include:
   * spinnerbaits;
    * spoons;
    * topwater plugs;
    * buzzbaits;
    * crankbaits;
    * jigs;
    * as well as a whole range of soft plastics
   Minnows and crayfish are good live baits.

Largemouth like cover and are often caught in weeds, lily pads and among sunken timber. Overhanging trees, docks and swimming floats also provide good largemouth hideouts. 
Distribution/Habitat * warm, weedy, slow or still waters primarily in southern Ontario

SMALLMOUTH BASS

Smallmouth Bass fishing at Lake of the Woods Lodge 2007

Key identifying characteristics: upper jaw does not extend beyond eye; shallow notch between dorsal fins; body often dark broken bars

Average Length: 25 - 50 cm. (10-20 in.)

2007 Smallmouth Bass Limits & Dates
Open: June 23, - Nov. 30, 2007
Size: No size limit
Sportfishing License Limit: 4 in 1 day. 4 in total possession
Conservation License Limit: 2 in 1 day, 2 in total possession

Lakes and rivers that are clear enough and rocky enough to be suitable for trout, but in which the water temperature is too high for trout, are generally good smallmouth bass habitat. Bass concentrate around shoreline rocks and points as well as offshore shoals, often in deep water.

Popular baits are: crayfish;

    * minnows;
    * hellgrammites; and,
    * leeches.

Small, deep-diving plugs and lures, and surface lures (in early morning and evening) are effective. But soft plastic lures in the form of crayfish imitations, twister tails and small worms or tubes are among the best smallmouth baits. These are often fished deep, in combination with a jig. 

Distribution/Habitat: clear, rocky waters with little vegetation from southern Ontario to Timiskaming and northwestern Ontario

LAKE TROUT

Lake Trout fishing at Lake of the Woods Lodge

Key identifying characteristics: light worm like markings and spots on dark background, none red; deeply forked tail; white leading edge on lower fins, but no black line

Length: 30 - 80 cm (12 - 31 in.)

Lake trout normally inhabit only lakes with a depth greater than 15 meters (50 feet).

In spring, just after ice goes out, lake trout are found near the surface and can be taken on a fly rod, or with spinners, spoons and plugs. As the water warms up they go deep and must be sought with special deep-water tackle -- wire line, lead-core line, downriggers, diving planers, etc. Large spoons, spinners and plugs are good summer trolling baits. Jigging, or still-fishing with large, dead minnows in deep water, are sometimes effective in summer. Ice fishing for lake trout is often done with minnows or lake herring, or, by jigging with spoons and jigs with bait attached.

Distribution/Habitat: cold waters of deep lakes throughout much of Ontario

2007 Lake Trout Limits & Dates
Open: Jan. 1 - Sept. 30, 2007
Size: Only 1 greater than 22”
Sportfishing License Limit: 2 in 1 day, 2 in total possession
Conservation License Limit: 1 in 1 day, 1 in total possession

CRAPPIE

Crappie fishing at Lake of the Woods Lodge

Distribution/Habitat: clear, weedy lakes and slow rivers primarily Great Lakes, south central near northeast and parts of northwestern Ontario

 

 

Key identifying characteristics: * 7-8 dorsal fin spines; 6 or 7 anal fin spines; irregular mosaic of distinct black blotches

Average Length: 18-25 cm. (7-10 in.)

2007 Crappie Limits & Dates
Open: Year round
Size: No size limit
Sportfishing License Limit: 15 in 1 day, 15 in total possession
Conservation License Limit: 10 in 1 day, 10 in total possession

YELLOW PERCH

Perch fishing at Lake of the Woods Lodge

Key identifying characteristics: 6 to 8 dark, vertical bands on sides, alternating with light yellow to yellow-green

Average Length: 15 - 30 cm. (6-12 in.)

2007 Perch Limits & Dates
Open: Year round
Size: No size limit
Sportfishing License Limit: 50 in 1 day, 50 in total possession
Conservation License Limit: 25 in 1 day, 25 in total possession

Perch are most numerous where there are expanses of open water and moderate amounts of vegetation. They often share water with species such as walleye and bass.

Yellow perch are caught by a wide variety of methods:

    * still fishing with small minnows, earthworms, and grasshoppers;
    * insects and flies at the time of the mayfly emergence;
    * small spinners, spinner and fly combination; and,
    * small tube jigs or twister tails.
Perch show a preference for the natural food upon which they are feeding at the time. The live minnow gives the best success at all seasons of the year.

Distribution/Habitat    * clear waters with some vegetation throughout Ontario; often school

 

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